Sarah Cornette

Sarah Cornette

Mary K. Scroggs Elementary School, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Visual Art Teacher in Primary Education

Sarah Cornette teaches visual art at Scroggs Elementary School in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She will be in Athens, Greece January through April of 2019, investigating public art and refugee integration in Greek society. Ms. Cornette is a National Board Certified Teacher with over 20 years experience teaching children and families in many different settings, from the elementary classroom to a yurt to no walls at all! She has a Master’s of Arts in art therapy, a BFA in art education, and a BA in studio art and writing.

Inquiry Project: The Wall Between Us: An Investigation into the Role of Art in Refugee Integration

Can art create intercultural dialogue and promote cultural diversity? How can art help migrants and refugees integrate into a new culture? Can art help solve the problems/conflicts that arise between refugees and migrants in local society? How does the artwork of school children and children in refugee camps reflect the hopes, conflicts, and experiences of children on both sides of the issue. Is this work being used to cultivate tolerance and empathy toward the other? Especially important to my exploration will be investigating public art in Athens and other areas in Greece. Public art is often site-specific, created in response to the place and community, and often addresses a historic or social issue. Sometimes public art is created collaboratively with the community. Accessible to everyone, public art has a unique capacity to be shaped by and shape the community experience. As a visual art teacher with a deep commitment to public art and accessibility of the arts to all of my students, Ms. Cornette wants to bring new ideas and awareness to how to make an American school art program more expressive of the cultures of refugee students. Ms. Cornette seeks strategies on promoting dialog, and using public art to create cultural awareness and acceptance throughout the community. In addition, she wants to find new visual art strategies to express students’ varying perspectives on current social issues, and increase the family engagement of underserved groups in her community.

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